Colin Edwards Will Retire from Racing after 2014 Season

Announcing his decision during the pre-event press conference for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Colin Edwards told the assembled press that 2014 would be the Texan’s last season racing a motorcycle. Citing a lack of improvement on his performance in pre-season testing and at the Qatar GP, Edwards decision perhaps answers the lingering question in the paddock of when the American rider would hang-up his spurs after an illustrious career in AMA, WSBK and MotoGP. Talking about his inability to come to terms with the Forward Yamaha, which Aleix Espargaro was able to take to the front of the pack in Qatar, Edwards was at a loss when it came to understanding the Open Class machine and his lack of results.

MSF Updates Its Basic RiderCourse Curriculum

It is no surprise that statistics from the NHTSA show that motorcycle accidents and injuries are on the rise. According to the 2012 Motor Vehicle Crash report published by the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities for that year rose to 4,957, up seven percent from 2011, while injuries increased 15% to 93,000. While the NHTSA statistics are misleading because the motorcycle category includes mopeds, scooters, three-wheelers, pocket bikes, mini bikes, and off-road vehicles, new riders need every advantage they can afford. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has taken notice of these statistics and has revised the curriculum for its Basic RiderCourse to include a new Basic eCourse, which students will take prior to in-person instruction.

Yamaha Trademarks “R1S” & “R1M” at USPTO – “YZF-R1M” Trademarked Abroad – But Why?

Are new Yamaha YZF-R1 models coming down the pipe? That’s the question being asked after trademark filings in the US and abroad tipped off Yamaha Motor’s intention to use “R1S”, “R1M”, and “YZF-R1M” for motorcycle, scooter, and three-wheeled purposes. The filings are being taken as hints towards a possible multiple trim levels of the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, with the “S” and “M” designations being different spec machines than the current base model. The “S” nomenclature is a popular one in the two and four-wheeled world, though “M” would certainly be a novel designation, outside of say…BMW.

Bell & COTA Create Texas-Themed Limited-Edition Helmet

Continuing its theme of making limited-edition helmets for premier-class US rounds, Bell Helmets has teamed up with the Circuit of the Americas and Chris Wood, of Airtrix, to create a Texas-themed Bell Star Carbon helmet, just in time for COTA’s MotoGP race next weekend. Available only until April 13th, the Bell/COTA helmet features a red, white, and blue flag motif on the front, with both the American and State of Texas flags visible, which then wrap around the rear to merge with a hardwood design, reminiscent of the floorboards in a Western saloon. The helmet is also crowned with a Longhorn cattle skull, which adds to the Texan motif. The specially designed helmet also features a horseshoe, the COTA logo, and the 2014 Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas logo.

Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

Towards the end of the 800cc era, MotoGP looked to be in dire condition. Grids were dwindling, factories were reducing their participation, and teams were in difficult financial straits indeed. By the end of 2011, there were just 17 full time entries, Suzuki was down to a single rider, and were about to pull out entirely for 2012. How different the situation looks today. In a recent interview with the official website, Aprilia Corse’s new boss Romano Albesiano gave a brief outline of their plans. The Italian factory will continue to work with the IODA Racing team for 2014 to collect data on the electronics and tires, which they will use as input on an entirely new project being worked on for 2016.

This Is Pretty Much What the Monster 800 Will Look Like

With the advent of the Ducati Monster 1200, it was only a matter of time before Ducati’s middleweight liquid-cooled “Monster 800″ would be spotted, and unsurprisingly the machines have a great deal in common. The one big difference seems to be that the 821cc Monster gets a double-sided swingarm, which has become Ducati’s new way of differentiating between its big and medium displacement models of the same machine, see entry for Ducati 899 Panigale. With the spied Ducati Monster 800 looking ready for primetime, and a pre-fall launch isn’t out of the question. Giving us an excellent glimpse into what the Ducati Monster 800 would look like, Luca Bar has again used his Photoshop skills to render up images of the still unreleased “baby” Monster.

Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

Given the competitive nature of the electric racing realm, its rare to see the big high-power bikes without their fairings, as teams are reluctant to reveal their secret sauce. Debuting the Mugen Shinden San this past weekend in Tokyo though, Team Mugen did just that, giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the team’s 2013 race bike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. You don’t have to be an electron-head to get excited by these photos, as any race bike with a carbon fiber frame and swingarm is pretty drool-worthy, though the Shinden Ni’s carbon fiber battery enclosure does hide a great deal of the electric superbike’s geek factor. While the sheer size of the battery bike is impressive, it was expected when the Shinden was first announced.

Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

Mugen’s third purpose-built electric superbike for the Isle of Man TT, the Mugen Shinden San, has been revealed in Japan. Campaigning two machines for this year’s TT Zero race, Mugen has John McGuiness and Bruce Anstey at the helm of its “Shinden San” bikes, as the duo looks for a one-two finish in this year’s race. With MotoCzysz not racing at the Isle of Man this year, Mugen is a hot favorite to take the top podium spots, as well as crack the 110 mph barrier for electrics on the historic Snaefell Mountain Course (Mugen is targeting a 115 mph lap). An evolution on the company’s previous designs, the Shinden San fits 134hp — 10hp more than last year, thanks to a new smaller three-phase brushless motor provided by Mission Motors — into its 529lbs bulk.

Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

Chatting with a couple of NASCAR fans recently, I was reminded that any competition is boring if you don’t care who wins. But if you do care, then even cars driving around in circles can be very compelling entertainment. Those NASCAR fans really cared about how their favorite drivers finished, and not only how they finished in the latest race, but what and how those drivers were doing off the track as well. Those fans had been captured by the personalities of those drivers. One of the things NASCAR does well is sell personalities. All major sports-related businesses do this to some extent, but some organizations do it better than others.

Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

Spy Photos: 2013 Triumph Street Triple

02/23/2012 @ 1:45 pm, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

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British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph has really latched onto this whole spy photo concept, and its latest bike to be caught by the lenses of “spy photographers” is the 2013 Triumph Street Triple. Already getting a makeover like its larger sibling, the 2012 Triumph Speed Triple, the new Street Triple will keep its revised headlight shape (love it or hate it?), as well as other changes that include a low-slung exhaust, modified swingarm, and revised bodywork design.

Though we won’t be certain until the 2013 Triumph Street Triple’s official release, filings with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) indicate that the new Street Triple puts out the same emissions as the 2012 model. This could mean that the motor of the 2013 Street Triple has been untouched, or that Triumph has been able to squeak some more juice from the three-cylinder engine, while keeping emissions the same. We’ll have to wait and see how that pans out, until then enjoy the photos after the jump.

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  1. JoeD says:

    Wow, I coulda had a Benelli! Oh wait, I already do. Joking aside, nice to see the evolution of the line. I was one of those purists that hated to see old round eyes go but the new look is better in person than in photos. Yes, these are some really nice bikes and way more comfortable than the Jap offerings. Two years of triple ownership(Benelli) has spoilt me. Not that I would give up the two Guzzi and one Norton in the shed, but those trips are da bomb. They also define the company. A corporate signature that endures long after the last payment is made. Nice work Triumph.

  2. MikeD says:

    Nope…still not doing it for me…not from the first day yet. I yet rather do the elder sister.

    Oh, and that 2013 Daytona 675 that went to see the same plastic surgeon as Joan Rivers is not doing it either…(TOO POINTY on the front, BLASPHEMY ! i never thought i would see the day i would hear such words coming from a rabid hater on the CBR1000RR “my mother hitted me with a cast iron frying pan on the face before i was born” Look)…(O_O)

    I guess im getting old…because the new 2013 Trophy 1200 that’s been making the headlines togheter with these other 2….now that has my attention…even tho i have no intentions of remotely buying one…TOO BROKE…higher powers now i need a LIFE…LMFAO.
    I think im getting over hauling ass in a hurry and more into hauling as in comfort and get to my destination feeling rested and not like the bike rode me…LOL.

  3. RGR says:

    The Street Triple gets a big thumbs up as a great bike. Those fugly headlights get a big thumbs down. They should have kept them round, just modernized them a bit. Oh well, that’s what the aftermarket is for.

  4. Can’t say that I’m a fan of the headlights. It seems as though the manufacturers can’t decide whether they want their bikes to look like insect-like monsters from a ’60s sci-fi flick or a Transformer. Either way, these are not, IMO, elegant and timeless designs. (Try an E-Type Jaguar and then fast forward to an Eagle Speedster to see of which I speak. Lines are everything, whether it be figure skating, ballet or classic automotive/motorcycle design.)

  5. ML says:

    “Dame Edna”

  6. Westward says:

    I like the head lights too, like there aren’t enough round ones in the world…

  7. It looks to me as if the exhaust has an aftermarket manufacturer label on it. Could it be that Triumph isn’t making the exhaust system themselves?

  8. shallwedance? says:

    is that coolant on the exhaust?

  9. MikeD says:


    Suposedly it’s wearing a Triumph optional ARROW slip on.

  10. JoeD says:

    Most items on any bike are produced elsewhere and assembled at a factory. Akrapovich makes the BMW items under contract and Lafranconi was the OE supplier for many Euro bikes as well. ECU’s are not made at a motorcycle factory. The list is long.

  11. RGR says:

    Westward, maybe you’re not familiar with the design elements of the Speed and Street Triples of the past. There aren’t many DUAL round headlights in the production motorcycle world. It was a defining feature of the models and came directly from the “streetfighter” world that they were trying to emulate. They should have stuck with tradition a little bit more, and believe me, I’m not a traditionalist. But I do see the value in retaining the core personality. These lights are hideous from the side and without the fly screen (like on the Speed Triple) are an absolute abomination. Maybe I’m just more sensitive to it because I owned a Speed Triple. Like I said though, no big deal. You can always replace the headlights if you want to…or not.

  12. AK says:

    my fav dual-light bike is Norton Commando 850 JPS and RC 30. but i kinda like this new headlight but take older one anytime.

    hey there is always aftermarket option

  13. Smitch says:

    I can empathize with those of you who hate the lights, as I tend to get nutty about asthetics too, but mostly with my beloved Ducati.

    I agree these look strange without the fly screen, but with it they look just fine. I like this bike, I like pretty much everything Triumph does lately. I can’t say the same for my beloved Ducati, but perhaps I’m just too close to it there, and not enough so here.

  14. Westward says:

    @RGR –

    You assume too much, I don’t think anyone is commenting on the dual nature of the headlights traditionally found on the Triples, but rather the shape of them…

    If one wants tradition, there is always Harley. As for personality, the Triple is more than just the headlights…

  15. irksome says:

    Bearing in mind that I’m a certified old guy, I have to agree with @Trane; all I see in the latest bike designs is a folding kiddy toy or a Pontiac Aztec. Design is cyclical though; eventually we’ll get back to smooth, rounded edges.

    My old school Speed Triple still gives me a thrill every time I go to get it out of the shed and still elicits comments from bikers and cagers alike. I agree with @Westward that a Triple is more than the headlights (the torque and ahh, the sound!) but Triumph had two design elements that had become iconic on the Speed Triple; the dual round headlights and the single-sided swingarm. To my mind, they sacrificed that iconic image with the new look; I don’t immediately recognize this bike and ultimately, because of their emphasis on heritage, that will be to Triumph’s detriment.

    Then again, I also preferred the asymmetrical flyscreen. So go figure.

  16. nakdgrl says:

    boy oh boy are those some ugly mirrors. and why is it starting to remind me of all the naked japanese bikes on the market…. hhmmm not sure if I like this.

  17. MikeD says:


    LOL, u reminded me…the Ducati 696 Bunny ears mirrors…LOL.

  18. Mike D says:

    It does have kind of a deranged rabbit look now doesnt it? If it were my money, since they are most likely not updating the suspension and engine significantly, I would go buy a 2011 R model with the right headligts and call it a day. After I painted them black they would look just fine and no need to look like a deranged rabbit/ transformer/ Jap bike.

  19. Bobby Newmark says:

    I love(d) the Street Triple R which I had for a testride. Nice design, great engine, perfect balance and handling. Didn’t buy it ‘cos a new bike w/o ABS is FOR ME an no-go. Anyway, now Triumph is redesigning at it’s worst. I only hope that this exhaust will never ever go into production. You do not have to have an underseat but you can do it way better than that, see latest Ducatie 1099 and for sure the MV F3/Brutale 675 (which is my favorite but also comes w/o ABS).
    I can not understand why a company who was by date capeable of pleasant bike design now is throwing all of this away for whatsoever…this is a pitty!

  20. Turk955i says:

    I really don’t care for the new headlights either but hey, you can always change them. Same goes for the mirrors & exhaust, part of the fun of owning a bike is making it the way you want it. What year are the MV’s coming out? Interested to see what kind of noise the new Aprilia RS-S when it arrives!